Burundian murder Malawi man, arrested as  mob loot his pub

A Burundian National is in Police custody in Lilongwe after being arrested in connection with  the murder of a Malawian over the debt of K800 in which he is a suspect.

Lilongwe Police Publicist Kingsley Dandaula confirmed to Nyasa Times on the arrest, saying the suspect  Froudard Ngedzayo has been charged with murder.

The murder victim is  Malawian man Kondwani Matapa who Sunday night wanted to leave without settling a bill of 800 Malawi kwacha (slightly under US $2) at Ngedzayo pub in Mchesi. The Burundian confronted him and a fight ensued.

“During the fight Mr. Ngedzayo produced a knife and stabbed Mr. Matapa with it. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Kamuzu Central Hospital,” police spokesman said.

“We have since arrested Mr. Ngedzayo and charged him with murder,” said Dandaula.

Kondwani, who had a carpentry workshop along the main road in Mchesi, was one of the only two remaining in the Matapa family having lost parents, sisters and brothers.

He was looking after seven orphans and according to neighbours, he is survived by an expectant wife and one child.

The residents of Mchesi in Lilongwe went to his pub where they caused havoc and were only restrained by police from torching  the drinking joint. They however looted the pub and went away with assorted types of beers.

Police had to use tear gas to disperse the irate mob.

Ngedzayo and  his family had already fled the house and sought refuge at a nearby police post.

Mchesi is one of the volatile squatter townships in Lilongwe.

Meanwhile, the residents are  demanding the removal of all Burundians in the area and Dandaula said police are patrolling the township for fear of possible xenophobia attacks.

“We will continue to patrol the and protect the Burundian community,” he said.

There is a sizeable Burundi community in Lilongwe. Most of them came to Malawi as refugees but have since left the Malawi Government-UNHCR-run Dzaleka  Refugee Camp to rent houses in the city where they are doing thriving business from the monthly stipend they get from the United Nations body.

Burundians have established various businesses in the city of Lilongwe.

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51 thoughts on “Burundian murder Malawi man, arrested as  mob loot his pub”

  1. chiphinjo says:

    man dont let that guy coz mukamusiya nde ajayila..i mean you police give this people two much freedom nde tiziwona coz this is just the beginnin!

  2. ineyo mmalawi says:

    malamulo kulibe kuno thus why anthu afika potenga law into their hands, ma foreigners amazunza amalawi, kuwamenya, kuwasekela mu factory, ndalama zochepa, dnt be suprised zinthu ngati izi zikuchitika. the official know all this koma nothing is been done, generation ya anthu oopa ndi ogona inatha. mpaka k800 moyo wapita,,, amene is against what is happening at nchesi aganize zinakamugwela kwa m’ale wake. anthu amenewa ena are criminals. ma refugz & foreigners who r who undocumented do access health services even business opportunities. amakhalanso bho kuposa ife ma citizen. go to mozambique, south or any country muzaziwa koma ku malawi “the warm heart of africa”. government of malawi should priotiz its citizens, idnt care wat happens to these suckers. let this b a gud lesson to their community

  3. Chilmoni tweet says:

    The man is from Rwanda not from Brundi, 20 of these people 1 of them is a Brundi they hide their id because of Kagame plus manyazi a .1994.wakusina khutu ndi nasi.

  4. tsopano mwayamba kulitenga malawi ngat ku brundi et,u must go back to ur fucken country Brundi.

  5. Redeemed says:

    I bet to differ on a call to kick out all the Burundians, we can not brush the entire nation with the same brush for an individual’s ill behaviour. As irrational as it sounds, I fully condemn the killing in general, no one is entitled to take another individual’s life. We need the authorities to see to it that the law is abinded by.
    remember the xenophobia attacks that broke out in RSA, initially they started by reckless sentiments, and fueled by an incident of a similar nature. In the end innocent lives were lost including that of those of the locals as an element of criminality intesified.

    1. Inu says:

      Totally true and humanely. That is how we are supposed to be like

  6. ausbla says:

    Nthawi yafika ma Burundi onse abwelere kwao kulibe nkhondo sungaphe munthu chifukwa cha 800mk is a big no…then

  7. za nosense ayi says:

    Ine2 ndinanwna kale kuti Maburundi azipita kwao koma anthu inu simmamva,Anthuwa ndi amwano hvy,kulikose kuli m’bulundi mukafuse anthu akumeneko akakuuzani kuti ndi ovuta,Koma akubomawo ali zimachende phwiii,apa si awa ajaila mpaka kumapha nzika yathu.Pano loko muziti mwamumanga zipindula chani ophedwayo adzuka?Azipita awa nkhondo kulibe ku Bulundi,Rabish my country

  8. JON CENA THULANI says:

    Apolisi gwirani ntchito yanu and show your professional

  9. Aphiri says:

    Ma Burundi mubwele ku Mangochi kuno timapanga chakwanu leka funsani a Police pa Mangochi sitiopa futhi timaphiriphita ya manja Mangochi woyeeeee MP woyeeee

  10. Lottie says:

    Its sad that the fracas ended in death. If the story is true, it raises a number of questions – why did the Malawian want to leave the bar without settling the bill? And indeed, why did he not just negotiate with the bar owner to settle the bill later if he did not have any cash at the time? For Burundian, did he really have to stab someone to death for Mk800.00? Could this be a reflection of the moral decadence of our townships today where thieving and violence are the order of the day? SAD INDEED.

  11. Chazama says:

    Killing was not a solution, he would have gone to police to report.

    What have you benefited by killing?

    Let justice take its course.

    I wonder why someone should attack a Tumbuka on the issue, Is a Burundian a tumbuka?

    Check your motive.

  12. mahlangu says:

    they have mistaken our humility for stupidity. tiyeni tiwachite xeno onse asanatizolowere!!!!!!!

  13. Gogo kunyengana says:

    Iwe Masa masina no 8, do you know how expensive life is? are u a malawian stupid person like you. can u kill somebody because of K800. you are an idiot aise. I think panafunika tionane galu iwe odya manyi.

  14. Gatibo says:

    Amalawi ndinu ogona, ife ma Burundi mumatichitira nsanje. Ndife olimbikira, Dziko ndi wanu ndarama ndi wathu. Ma kape inu…

  15. Seleman Makwinja says:

    A man has lost his life because of fucking k800,which is worth 2 dollars.Who else can go to a shop to buy life? nobody.I think DEATH SENTENCE is the only best way to punish this stupid Brundian. The man who is the victim was looking after 7 orphans.An eye for an eye is best or all Burundians must pack go because this behaviour is strange and a disgrace to a peacefull Malawi nation.

  16. Kufera kumowa si deal

  17. Mbanangwa says:

    I laugh at Titus Kapinda ‘6’, the Tumbukas are here to stay. This is their land and their country. Do not forget how paralyzed the country became when all northerners moved northwards at Kamuzu Banda’s edict. We need each other!

  18. Mr Chimbano says:

    Ndiye apolicemulandile ziphuphu mumutulutse ameneyu tithana nanu. Murder is aserious offence lets the law take its course.

  19. chris wesley says:

    Tìbwezera asatjaile mdziko mwathu momwe,ndanyacdwa nazo nde ndkupta kumalanje ndkamabwera ndizamva zot wafera kundende ameneyo.

  20. vindere says:

    Kukonda ndi kuzolowera zaulere agalu inu a South. Maburundi alibe 2 koloko akuchisani muwona. Muzingofa choncho ngati nkhuku.

  21. wilfred malunga says:

    moyo wothana kuno ayi kwanu mwamthawa Kabira bwanji osakamupha kagame?kuti mukakhale pamtendere mwaiwala kuti kagame atangompasa mpata oyendera zaleka nonse muthawako pitirizani tigwirizana ndi kagame wolakwa dipotee kagame akakulandireni mulandu azikaweluza yekha tione ngati muzilakwa kuno mwatitola kuli malamulo ofewa apezeka watululkaso ameneyu a Malawi?

  22. dozer says:

    even if he was taking care of a thousand orphans that does not give him a ticket to run away without settling his bill,shut up, fotseki! go and rot in hell.

  23. jumujum says:

    kodi pamenepa Burundi ndi wolakwa? Matapa chifukwa chiani m’mamwa mowa osalipira m’mamwera mphamvu ndiye zimenezo mwaziona. Amalawi kuzolowera kupatsidwa zaulele.

  24. Kasiya boy says:

    Thamangitsa ma bulundi onse apite ku dzaleka agalu amenewa pamtumbo pawo

  25. Mack Banda says:

    There is no war in Burundi, why are these bastards still roming our streets? Now these refugees are killing our people. Eh? You cannot justify murder because the drunkard did not pay the 800 kwacha beer bill. Inu anzathu a ku Mchesi awonetseni kiyama maburundi amenewa, mxiiiew!!!

  26. Young G says:

    BUT FROM EXPERIENCE AROUND TOWN IN SHOPS, BUSES THESE BURUNDIS ARE IRRITATING THEY ARE AFTER MONEY TWO MUCH, THEY DROP OF ONE SICK MALAWIAN FROM A MINIBUS ON THE ROAD FOR SILLY REASON BUT THERE WAS MUCH FIRE FROM US,

  27. carold kamphambale says:

    k800 Eti mpaka costin a life a malawi ena mkumasekelela ali wolakwa ndi mmalawi mmmhu kaya tidapusa motani kaya

  28. libo says:

    Nayeso aphedwe,ma bulunditu ndi dzigawenga a malawi timasunga mikango mdziko muno adzipita kwawo.

  29. CAPETOWN says:

    i believe ths pple cme here in the name of refugiz nt busnessmen.govnment of malawi beceaful.they run away 4rm mdzaleka camp coz amangophana amalowa ndimfuti anthu awa akaba iba they start busness.I COMMAND AREA 36 BONGOZI TO GO N DEAL WITH THEM PLZ ,IN MALAWI WE DONT AV POLICE OFFICER .PLZ ZENOPHOBIA HAS TO START.THS Z STUPID.KILL THEM ALL

  30. Bonzing Master says:

    Its time they leave this country for home nkhondo inatha. I blame anzathu opereka ziphaso za biznez kuti amanhoperekapo ndikwa ma refugee omwe adziti sautsa chonchi. Soon we will have a burundi running for political office. Adzipita kwawo basi amenewa

  31. Chikuli boyz says:

    Aaaaa, pasavute, ma foreigner onse azipita kwao basi, maiko anzathu samapereka mpata kwa makwelekwele(foreigners) nanga ife bwanji? Ulemu ndi manthawa, tidzalanditsa nazo dziko. Mabrundiwa aswedwe basi tawapatsa ufulu kwabasi……..aaaa inu atibweretseranso Ebola tikapanda kuchenjera. Guys osangolorera zilizonse mudzina la umphwawitu apa!

  32. Galu asagunde mbuzi? says:

    The man was thief- wanted to run away from his bills. We are killing thieves in Malawi. Should there be a difference that the thief in question was killed by a Burundi? No, unless we think we are exempt from the very code of ethical practice we commit on each other with wanton abundance ourselves. And this issue should not involve the other law abiding Burundians who are making an honest living and providing services to non innovative Malawians. Remember, there are Malawains in countries like SA, USA, UK etc should they all be punished if one nyasa commits a “crime”? Of course not.

  33. zamu says:

    The people you call Burundians are Rwandans.
    Rwandans are business minded people
    Burundians are in the refugee camp in Dzaleka.
    Those Rwandans don’t sell from “monthly sptipend they get from the UN” as you report to just add more xenophobia in the people of Malawi.
    It’s stupid to kill for any amount of money, let alone for 2$, police did the right thing and the guy will have to pay with prison.

  34. phiri la dzunje says:

    But seriously one can not lose his or her life for K800 even if it was billions of kwacha life is the most precious thing that no any amount of money can buy it.The problem is our government that allow refugees to live with locals these refugees are suppose to enjoy their benefits inside the camp and not out side the camp.Government please look into some of these issues.

  35. Inu says:

    I think what the Burundian did was unlawful and needs to face the arm of the law. However i am also of the view that we need to revist our laws on refugees and asylum seekers. We can not expect people to be stationed at a camp for decades. If people want to seek asylum or naturalize themselves then we need to have process that addresses that. Of course there is need to check people’s background to make sure that we are not accommodating criminals. Otherwise the illegality of Burundians living in communities is a self made one because we are lacking necessary steps to deal with this and may lead unfortunately to xenophobia

  36. Ndani wagulitsa dziko? says:

    Zikadzachitikaso zin2 ngat zimenez inu a police apa station ku area 3 komaso apa kawale mudzaona polekera musamakhale ngat ntchto mumaidziwa tsiku lina tidzathana yakunyumba kwanu..ma burundiwo ndi azibale anu? Nde muimalize mawa tukathana ndima shop atsala aja apo biii tiwabwezera ka k850 kawoko ife atibwezera MR MATAPA athu ok…mawa kuvuta zeni zeni pamene paja ndipang’ono mwanva eti.

  37. opportunist says:

    These Birundians are very stupid mbuzi zamano kusi .Bwanji osatifusa ife aMalawi azake kuti timuperekere that stupid money. Otherwise be prepared to go home yu thugs or Mdzaleka .RIP my fellow country man it’s unfortunate that these guyz got used to kill each other in their country.

    1. When in Rome do what romans do says:

      Just like we malawians are used to killing each other through mob justice and theft through cashgate so there is no medicine in the hospital. Hello?

  38. masa masina says:

    The Malawian wanted to leave the pub without settling his bills. Is that the way to we should live? It takes a lot of sacrifice to set up a business. Kuzolowera feteleza wachabe. Wafera kupusa kwake. A lesson to all of us.

    1. mchindo wa satan says:

      Why not report him to police? Is murder the solution?

    2. CAPETOWN says:

      Mr masa masina u r disgrace!an idiot a fool.i believe anthu amowa amamwa mowa wangolere amalembetsa amatani kungokambirana.w r nw slaves n refugiz in our own country

  39. nyenga says:

    what did the bloody Burundian use to stab our fellow Malawian? a ‘knight’? hmmm

    1. wiano says:

      Nyenga… i read it as knife……za knight wazitenga kuti? Form 2 history mukanayikumbukira……kikikikikikiii

      My condolences to the bereaved.

  40. Titus Kapinda says:

    Bola ma Burundi, ma Nigerian ndi ma Pakistani kusiyana ndi kukhalira limodzi ndi a Tumbuka. Akumpoto muzipita kwanu. Mabiziness anu azatiyendesela anzathu a ku burundi

    1. Piper says:

      No problem…as you might be next on his radar !!! I certainly wouldn’t be troubled by that !!!

  41. Dodoma says:

    Zokhudza,tisowe Mtendere Dziko Lathu.Mutiphere Busnes Makukamu,mutipheleso Muthu Coz Of 800;ndauzidwanso Kt Ndinu Mbava Zikuluzikulu Abulundi Townmu.RIP MR MATAPA

  42. Sounds of Blackness says:

    Komanso musaiwale kuchinda atsikana achiBurundi ku Mnchesiko

  43. acn says:

    Let justice take it’s course or they wil face zenophobia!

  44. Quota system says:

    Sad news. By the way, who benefits from the hosting of the so called asylum seekers. UNHCR officials perhaps. You will hear one them defending this murderer. These people will just bring anarchy and Ebola here. Look at how government is dragging its feet on the demand to relocate them to designated places. Even to relocate the current Karonga transit point. Malawians, we will finish if we pick quarrels with them. They are used to violence and war. They even fight among themselves in the camps. Government leaves a lot to desire.

  45. Makumba says:

    Come to Mangochi,you will fill us if you are in Burundi,if a Burundian has wronged you you will also found in Police hands.

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